Library offering free online tutoring
by The Press and Standard | August 16, 2018 5:00 am
Last Updated: August 15, 2018 at 9:26 am
This school year, every student in Colleton County can get free help with their schoolwork. All that’s needed is a free Colleton County Memorial Library card and access to a computer, phone, tablet or e-reader.
The on-line tutoring in over 40 subject areas is available through the library’s website, colletonlibrary.org. Just click on the Tudor.com link, enter a library card number and request a tutor in any subject from elementary to honors, AP high school and college prep classes to Microsoft Office.
Tutors are available live and on-demand seven days a week from 3-10 p.m. “Each tutor is either a former school teacher or former college professor, so they are really experts at their chosen subject,” said Library Director Carl Coffin, who secured funding for the program through a State Homework Health Grant. The tutors are provided through a national program and have gone through a “rigorous hiring program” that includes a detailed test on their subject, passing a mock tutoring session and an extensive background check, Coffin said.
Many of the over 3,100 tutors are also bilingual.
“This is going to provide students in this county whose parents may not have the money to get them a tutor — or those who live way out in Lodge and may not be able to drive all the way to Walterboro — a chance to still have help,” Coffin said. “There are tutors around here helping students, but this program will help fill in the gap. Because if they only tutor your child 30 minutes a week, what about the rest of the time? If they need help with homework, the on-line tutors can guide them through how to do it.”
All that’s needed is a basic knowledge of computers so students can upload their assignments and interact with the tutor. “For most kids today who area already using a computer at school, this should be very simple,” he said.
Students can create an anonymous account to unlock extra features, tag and reconnect with favorite tutors, store assignments in a virtual locker, review previous tutoring sessions, take practice quizzes, watch videos and more. There’s even help with ACT/SAT preparation.
No personal information is shared between students and tutors. All communication is in Tutor.com’s online classroom which is recorded and monitored.
“We’re going to be able to offer tutoring to every student in Colleton County this school year, which is a big deal. So we’re excited about that,” Coffin said. “I shared it with a lady recently and she said, ‘Can I bake you cookies? This is great because my daughter is not good at math.’”